The Sognefjellet road connects Lom in the Otta valley with Skjolden at the northeastern end of the Lustrafjorden, a side arm of the Sognefjord, the largest and deepest fjord in Norway.
The road crosses the Jotunheimen National Park, one of the most interesting national parks in Norway. The park covers an area of 1151 km² and has over 275 peaks with an altitude higher than 2000m. The national park includes 60 glaciers and the two highest peaks in northern Europe: Galdhøpiggen at 2469m and Glittertind at 2465m. There are hundreds of hiking routes.
Starting from Lom the road initially follows the valley of the Bøver river. It slowsly climbs to a high plateau reaching a highest height of 1434m at the Sognefjellshytta mountain refuge. The road is only open between May and September and crosses deep snow fields in some sections. On the western side, after the Turtagrø hotel, the road descends very steeply down to sea level. While driving down car brakes can easily overheat, making it necessary to either shift down the gear or take breaks.
01 Elveseter hotel 02 Saga column 03 Saga column 04 Bover valley 05 Bover valley
06 Jotunheimen national park 07 Waterfall 08 Waterfall 09 Waterfall
10 Sognefjellet road 11 Bover river valley 12 Bover river 13 Waterfall
14 Jotunheimen national park 15 Jotunheimen national park 16 Bover river
17 Snow fields 18 Sognefjell road 19 Glaciers 20 Glaciers
21 Jotunheimen national park 22 Glaciers
23 Jotunheimen national park
24 Glaciers 25 Parking
26 Sognefjellshytta
27 Sognefjellshytta
28 Jotunheimen national park 29 Glaciers
30 Glaciers 31 Stone heap 32 Stone heap 33 Glaciers
34 Jotunheimen national park 35 Prestesteinsvatnet lake
36 Prestesteinsvatnet lake 37 Jotunheimen national park 38 Jotunheimen national park 39 Sognefjell road in August
40 Sognefjell road in August 41 Jotunheimen national park 42 Turtagro hotel 43 Red tent
44 Turtagro car parking 45 Jotunheimen national park
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